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The War on Drugs Deliver ‘Slave Ambient’ Aug. 16

On their debut, the life-affirming Wagonwheel Blues, and the follow-up EP, Future Weather, Philly’s The War on Drugs seemed obsessed with disparate ideas, with building uncompromised rock monuments from pieces that may have seemed like odd pairs. Folk-rock marathons come damaged by drum machines. Electronic and instrumental reprises precede songs they’ve yet to play, and Dr. Seuss becomes lyrical motivation for bold futuristic visions. Now, Granduciel has done it again, better than before: Slave Ambient (Out Aug. 16), their proper second album, is a brilliant 47-minute sprawl of rock ‘n’ roll, conceptualized with a sense of adventure and captured with seasons of bravado.

LISTEN TO “BABY MISSILES” FROM SLAVE AMBIENT

Slave Ambient features a team of Philadelphia’s finest musicians, including multi-instrumentalists Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett, and drummer Mike Zanghi. Recorded throughout the last four years at Granduciel’s home studio in Philly, Jeff Ziegler’s Uniform Recording and Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC, the album puts the weirdest influences in just the right places. Synthesizers fall where you might expect more electric guitars (and vice versa); country-rock sidles up to the warped extravagance of ’80s pop. Instant classic “Baby Missiles” is part Spingsteen fever dream, part motorik anthem “Original Slave” might sound like a hillbilly power drone, but “City Reprise #12″ suggests Phil Collins un-retiring to back Harmonia. “I Was There” is Harvest rebuilt by some selection of psychedelic all-stars, while the shuffling, sleepy opener “Best Night” offers a band with too many ideas to be in a hurry. During the mid-album centerpiece “Come to the City,” Granduciel howls and moans, “All roads lead to me/I’ve been moving/I’ve been drifting.” Indeed, however unlikely that might seem, all these sounds arrive cohesively in one unmistakable place. Every song on Slave Ambient is instantly identifiable and infinitely intricate, a latticework of ideas and energies building into mile-high rock anthems. It’s a remarkable work for which we have an enormous pride and respect. And for which the story is only just beginning.

Nightlands Plots Early Summer Tour with Sondre Lerche

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Hot on the heels of Nightlands‘ triumphant live debut and tour in January, we are pleased to announce that the band — the brainchild of Philly’s esteemed multi-instrumentalist David Hartley –has been asked to join the great Sondre Lerche on a full North American tour in June. Okay, so most of June is officially still Spring, but who’s counting? Hartley will also lend his talents to Lerche’s live band. This is not to be missed. Please see the dates after the jump or click HERE for a full listing.

Tomorrow, March 8, also sees the official release of Nightlands’ All the Way 7″, an splendid and curious companion to the Forget the Mantra LP released in 2010. For a limited time, we are offering a bundle of the two releases for a special price, accompanied with an instant download of both items. Snatch this stuff up.

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Sweet Deal Alert: Nightlands LP and 7″ Bundle with Instant Gratification

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Attention Secretly Canadian shoppers. A most radtacular deal is going down. Nightlands’ All the Way 7″, the companion piece to 2010′s inspired dream-pop debut Forget the Mantra, hits stores March 8. However, beginning today and for a limited time, you can order a Nightlands All the Way/Forget the Mantra bundle that includes an instant gratification download for both releases. Pre-order the Nightlands bundle or the All the Way 7″.

Nightlands is Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist David Hartley. His All the Way 7″ may be the strange little brother to the enourmous lunar hymns of Forget the Mantra, yet it’s no less majestic. “All the Way” is like Jeff Lynne floating down Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams” on a drone raft. And it’s b-side, “Buggin’ Out,” is a seizure-inducing kraut experiment with a Hammond 144 and Casio/Korg overdubbing. Together, these pieces make for a not-to-be-missed gateway to a new, intriguing voice in cosmic-pop. Make them yours.

“Unguarded, idyllic, and often pastoral, the songs are full of earthy instruments and layers of harmony that are refracted through watery reverb to excellent effect.” — The New Yorker

Catch the video for “All the Way” (directed by Aubrey Smith) following the jump.

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Sweet-Ass Flyer Alert: HWGM and Nightlands in Philly

tumblr_lfa1yopVwQ1qzbilro1_500Here We Go Magic & Nightlands at Philadeplia’s Ox. Saturday Night. Nightlands’ Philly debut. Do it.

Nightlands Drop New Video, All The Way 7″. U.S. Tour Starts Tomorrow


Nightlands’ David Hartley is in the creative pocket at the moment. On the heels of his lovely Secretly Canadian debut, Forget the Mantra, and at the precipice of Nightlands first-ever live engagements, Hartley gives us the All The Way 7″ accompanied here in a new video directed by Audrey Smith and featuring Hartley himself. It’s Forget the Mantra‘s strange lil’ bro, doing all sorts of interesting, unknowable shit in his room all night long.

“All The Way” is an ode to pain and reinvention, a joyful noise about hopelessness. Written, recorded and mixed in one day. Like Jeff Lynne floating down Billy Joel’s River of Dreams on a drone raft. Its flipside, “Buggin Out,” absolutely comes from an obsession with Bo Hansson’s Lord of the Rings (1970), the epic Swedish instrumental masterpiece. The skeleton of the track was played live on Hartley’s Hammond 144, originally clocking in at almost 16 minutes of synth/organ madness. After some Casio/Korg overdubbing, the piece was chopped to the still-epic, seizure-enducing 6 minutes we have before us.

The All The Way 7″ will be available at shows on Nightlands first U.S. tour, which starts tomorrow at Glasslands in Brooklyn. Check out Nightlands All The Way 7″ album artwork and a full list of tour dates after the jump.

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AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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